We all know about RECYCLE, REPURPOSE, REUSE, but as Earth Day approaches it’s fun to see exactly how far we can push that concept. I saw these adorable spring tissue boxes at Target and immediately thought it would be fun for the boys to stack and knock down. They love being mini-Godzillas. :) But…before I let them smash them to smitherines, I thought I’d try using it as a Mystery Box. If you haven’t seen a Mystery Box before, they look like this and the child places their hand inside it to determine the object on touch alone. This is a great option if your child is like mine and won’t use a blindfold.
I hid the items behind a solid box and placed one item in the Mystery Box at a time. I started by demonstrating how to use it and then handed it off to JR (4yo). He was so excited and his first instinct was to look inside the box, so I handed it to him with my hand over the top and reminded him not to look.
JR’s first object was a Mickey Mouse figurine, so when it became Asher’s (2yo) turn he put his hand in and screamed “Mi-key Mouse!” His wasn’t Mickey Mouse though…it was a car. After that, he got a hang of it and started guessing correctly every time.
Both JR and Asher thought the Mystery Box was a blast! It would be great in a classroom setting if the students worked in pairs, one hiding the objects and the other guessing. Here are some other photos of the boys enjoying their Mystery Box.
And Asher finally found the Mi-key Mouse. :) JR said this was the most fun ever. I love it when he says that. I think I’ll find new objects for tomorrow and do it again.
So, do you see anything funny about the photos? For those of you who are really attentive, I bet you noticed that Ash got a new wristband at Mr. Gatti’s last night. He’s pretty proud of it and hasn’t taken it off since. If you don’t know about his love of wristbands, you can read about it here.
More Earth Day Ideas:
- Coffee Filter Earth
- Milk Carton Bunny Basket
- Naturally Decorated Eggs: Marbled Technique & Vegetable Died Eggs
- 3-Part Recycle Cards